A theoretical analysis of absorptive optical bistability in a passive atomic medium and bidirectional lasing in an active atomic medium is presented. The atomic medium consists of a collection of cold two-level atoms and the atom-radiation field interaction is described using a one-dimensional semiclassical model. It is shown that when the effects of atomic recoil are included self-consistently, the interaction between the atoms and the radiation can be changed significantly from that when the effects of atomic recoil are neglected.
- two-level atoms
- bidirectional lasing
- optical bistability
- atomic recoil
Bonifacio, R., McNeil, B. W. J., Piovella, N., & Robb, G. R. M. (2000). Recoil-induced effects in passive and active atomic systems. Optics Communications, 179, 559-570. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0030-4018(99)00544-1